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List Rules List of the hardest foreign languages to learn.

What is the hardest language to learn? It depends, but there are several foreign languages that can be extremely difficult to master. They include several of the Asian languages (particularly Mandarin), and some of the slavic languages as well. This list includes some of the most difficult foreign languages to learn, so be sure to vote for those that you think would be the most challenging -- and vote down the languages that you don't believe are truly that difficult to grasp. Also, if any foreign language that you think is particularly tough to master is missing, add it!

What makes learning a specific language difficult? Some of the factors that make a foreign language tough to learn include how hard it is to speak and pronounce (correctly) and how hard it is to write. Word cases are important, too: Some languages have dozens of different word cases, making it almost impossible to keep track. And keep in mind, what comes easy to some might be extremely tough for others. Learning English as a second language can be very, very hard, depending on your native tongue.

If you're thinking about learning your first foreign language, you might consider checking out this list of the easiest languages to learn. It includes some of the best languages to learn, including Spanish, Italian and French. Enjoy! Jouir! Godere! Élvez! (That last one is Hungarian, and it's really, really hard to learn).
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Chinese language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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435 185
Arabic Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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209 105
Sanskrit Language is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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246 158
Korean Language is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Korean Language

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258 173
Hungarian Language is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hungarian Language

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209 133
Vietnamese Language is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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265 161
Japanese Language is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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148 74
Polish Language is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Polish Language

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181 126
Thai food is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KirkWightman added Thai

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182 133
Hindi Language is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hindi Language

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168 123
Hebrew Language is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Hebrew Language

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188 167
Icelandic Language is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Icelandic Language

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195 153
Russian Language is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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117 99
Gaelic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
NWashburn added Gaelic

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91 74
Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Diné Bizaad (Navajo)

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102 86
Urdu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
marya added Urdu

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80 68
Ubykh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Ubykh

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78 70
Georgian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
BarbaraAnnMeshi added Georgian

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106 112
Basque Language is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Basque Language

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93 106
Welsh Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Ashtro1969 added Welsh Language

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74 67
Navajo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
LanaYoshii added Navajo

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70 66
Aramaic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Aramaic

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103 150
Albanian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
KenDobs added Albanian

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74 78
Farsi (Persian) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Farsi (Persian)

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113 155
Croation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
ravensymone added Croation

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84 116
Slovenian Language is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AnjaKastelicŦElion added Slovenian Language Slovenia is a beautifull, small country, with a lot of diversity and special language.

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59 82
Slovak Language is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
lalispeter added Slovak Language

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87 127
Binary Code is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Binary Code

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29 31
Lithuanian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Jody Spencer added Lithuanian

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127 171
German Language is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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87 121
Danish Language is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Danish Language

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31 38
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Tomáš Belina added Czech Republic

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170 238
English is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added English

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41 59
The Greek language is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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56 86
Serbian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
DijanaDačić added Serbian

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42 66
Ivrit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Ivrit

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74 118
Indonesian Language is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Indonesian Language

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50 79
Tagalog is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Tagalog

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53 87
Klingon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Klingon

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10 4
Ancient Egyptian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Nymphrodell added Ancient Egyptian

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12 25
Latvian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Deniss Dakstins added Latvian

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109 206
French Language is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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78 133
Dutch Language is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
Dutch Language

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19 37
Estonia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
AntsMontego added Estonian

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24 50
Croatian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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24 47
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
sos233 added Body Language

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61 114
Latin Language is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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64 116
Norwegian Language is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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31 60
The origin and development of ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn

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37 71
Sign Language is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Hardest Languages to Learn
zxray added Sign Language